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Willys Jeep-inspired cars

Jeep Wrangler is straight from the Willys family tree.

First came the Willys Jeep. Then these five... eventually.

History repeats at Jeep's Kiwi bush-bash

A WW2 Willys Jeep takes pride of place among a selection of modern-day Jeep product during the 75th anniversary media day.

Jeeps opts for muddy off-roading event to celebrate its 75th birthday.

A supreme towing test video

The Discovery Sport towing carriages across the Rhine.

Land Rover demonstrates the towing ability of its Discovery Sport SUV as it pulls 60 times its own weight.

The thirstiest Lexus you can buy

The Lexus LX570, showing off its new spindle grille.

The Lexus LX570 is unashamedly a luxury SUV - but underneath all the swank there's a vehicle with powerful off-road ability.

Big US trucks no longer rubbish

It's a corner and the F-150 isn't lurching into the gravel. Things have changed.

Some American trucks now compete with the best in the world for design and dynamics. Others still really don't.

Holden SUV still has captive audience

Mouthy new grille makes it easy to identify the new Captiva. Same old engines behind it, though.

We should be getting a replacement for Captiva, but instead it's a minor facelift. Doesn't stop Holden's SUV clocking up sales, though.

Vitara runs with Swift spirit

Unique grille, red headlight surrounds (if you look closely) and black 17-inch alloys for Vitara turbo.

Suzuki's baby SUV gets boost from new 1.4-litre turbo engine.

Veteran Trax still a major force

The Holden Trax LTZ, an small SUV turbocharged for added oomph.

Holden's Trax is among the original small SUVs on the NZ new vehicle market and there's plenty of life remaining in the little model yet,

New utes bring global glamour video

It's not really a concept: Xtreme is the new production Colorado, but with the volume turned up to 11.

The "most expensive Holden ever" to get shown in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time at National Fieldays.

Old-school RAV4 still the most enjoyable

Diesel engine and automatic/AWD drivetrain bring character to the RAV4 driving experience.

Even in entry-level specification, the RAV4 diesel has all the right components.

How to create a whole new car

When the hard work is done, the marketing starts. Bond girls can help with that.

How on earth does a carmaker decide to create something as strange as the Range Rover Evoque convertible? Let's find out.

I think I drove the new Ford Territory

Edge is 80mm shorter than the current Territory, but taller and wider.

Ford is still in neither-confirm-nor-deny mode, but trust us: the new Edge SUV will replace the Territory in NZ. We drive it.

New Ssangers are cheerfully cheap

Minor frontal styling change for Rexton W, but the big advance is the new 2.2-litre engine and seven-speed gearbox.

This Korean SUV brand's buyers like things simple, but the new powertrain for Rexton is surprisingly sophisticated.

China SUV makers forego key safety feature

Chongqing Changan Automobile's CS75 SUV models are displayed at its booth during the Auto China 2016 auto show in Beijing,

Lives potentially at risk as high-riding SUVs are more likely to flip over in skid without electronic stability control.

Macan is a whole new animal in GTS trim

Macan GTS has extra power, more aggressive suspension setup... and lots more black trim than S model.

The new GTS is not the fastest Macan, but it might just be the most entertaining and desirable.

More than a sports car

The highly anticipated Jaguar F-PACE is about to become available in New Zealand.

Jaguar F-PACE can transport your entire family, or a couple of sheep.

Audi SUV races fighter jet video

Audi SQ7 employs 48v power for extra speed. But the technology has much broader application.

A 48-volt power system helps make the Audi SQ7 a rapid SUV. Can it beat a fighter jet down the runway?

Feeling a little flat with this plug-in

Volvo XC90 T8 relaxing at home, on slow-charge.

The T8 is a clever, if expensive, take on the plug-in hybrid SUV. But does it go far enough on electric power?

Changing SUV game suits new Mazda video

New Mazda CX-9

Mazda's new CX-9 SUV has the potential to make quite a bit of its NZ opposition look a little clunky and overpriced.

The star-cars of Jeep's history

Birthday party: Jeep argues these models are the most significant in its 75-year history.

Think crossover-SUVs are new? Jeep argues it's been developing the concept for 75 years.

Fabia becomes a wagon, Skoda-style

It's a square deal: Fabia wagon stretches styling cues of hatchback as far as they will go.

Don't expect high style in the new Fabia wagon. But you won't be disappointed on space and sheer entertainment.

SsangYong stretches the Tivoli

The SsangYong Tivoli XLV - as in extra-long vehicle.

Here's proof - in an SUV sort of way - that in the automotive world some things never change.

How to design a Jag SUV

Here's where it started: C-X17 concept was created by Jaguar's Advanced Design Department.

Designer's first response to Jaguar's "create an SUV request" was "You want a what?"

Trailblazer replacing Holden's Colorado7

Holden is set to replace its Colorado 7 with this new Trailblazer SUV.

Holden confirms new name and new-look for Colorado7 replacement.

Loads of British history in Chinese van

The LDV G10 van, four versions of which are available in New Zealand.

NZ playing a significant role in Chinese automotive brand's rapid rise from the ashes of a failed British industry.

Luxury SUV out of India to NZ

Mahindra hopes the addition of automatic transmission to the facelifted XUV will boost its profile in NZ.

Mahindra is big in India, and not just in cars. But it's also hoping to make an impression in NZ with a new family-oriented SUV.

Nissan Kicks around new SUV

The intriguingly-named Nissan Kicks. Will it come to New Zealand?

Here's a new crossover with a name that offers all sorts of intrigue and its on Nissan NZ's "product radar".

Kiwi SUV sales better cars

Sportage was top-selling passenger vehicle in NZ for April - Kia's first time at the top of the charts.

We're now buying more SUVs than cars, and utes dominate the top-10 new car sales.

A Volvo out of its comfort zone

R-Design package is one thing, but blue paint, 22in alloys and drop-down air suspension give XC90 aggressive look.

What happens when you go wild with options to try and create a sporty Volvo XC90?

VW powers up new Amarok

Volkswagen has injected a dash of muscle into the Amarok ute.

New ute set to be the only V6 diesel in its class.

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